Request for stories about historic Eskleigh

MEDIA RELEASE, 30 October, 2017

A book on the history of pioneering disability care provider Eskleigh is being written by Launceston author Julian Burgess to mark the organisation’s 70th Anniversary. People with recollections, photos or memorabilia of Eskleigh are being invited to contribute to the book.

The “Eskleigh Memorial Home for the Permanently Sick” was officially opened on November 29, 1947, after four years of fundraising and modifications to the historic Scone Homestead, at Perth.

The establishment of the care home we now know simply as Eskleigh was the result of acts of great generosity, statewide public support and hard work by a lot of dedicated people.

Since it accepted its first residents in 1947, the Eskleigh Foundation has cared for thousands of Tasmanians with a disability and been a place of work for hundreds of care providers. This work continues today under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  

Over the years literally thousands of people have helped support Eskleigh through their employment, volunteer work and financial assistance.

As well as documenting the history of Eskleigh, the book will honour the people connected to Eskleigh over the past 70 years and celebrate its important work supporting people with a disability.

The author, Julian Burgess, can be contacted on 0419 750 286 or by email at to pass on information or discuss material they would like to see in the book.

Other activities to mark Eskleigh Foundation’s 70th Anniversary:

  • Eskleigh 70th Anniversary Art Exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, November 2, at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery in Wellington St, Launceston, and run through to April 3, 2018.
  • Eskleigh 70th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner and fundraising event on Thursday, November 23, at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery, will be a gala celebration event.
  • Eskleigh 70th Anniversary Open Day in the grounds of the Eskleigh on Saturday, December 2, will have Eat Street Food Trucks, a caravan and car display, high teas inside and picnics in the gardens plus the opportunity to look at artworks and the magnificent Eskleigh homestead.

For more information go to or phone Eskleigh on  (03) 6398 7100.